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Fellows share big dreams for food systems transformation in Africa


More than 300 food experts apply to join first cohort in Rwanda

More than 300 food systems leaders in Rwanda have applied to join the first class of the Food Systems Leadership Programme that closed applications on September 19.

“We are delighted by the response from a diverse group of individuals passionate to make a difference in Rwanda’s food systems. Among them are many promising hopefuls, who we aim to give the opportunity to amplify their efforts in collectively leading the charge. Thank you for your commitment,” said Gareth Borman, Network and Systems Lead at the African Food Fellowship.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified next week and interviews will take place between 4 and 8 October 2021.

Thirty (30) fellows will be selected competitively and awarded a scholarship in one of the three core areas of focus: access to nutritious food, sustainable land use and labour and fintech for agricultural growth.

The programme will be offered online. Fellows will enjoy a highly interactive systems leadership training and coaching by experienced researchers and practitioners from Wageningen University & Research and Wasafiri, a global consultancy. The Fellowship was launched in Kenya in May, with ambition to expand to 30 countries in ten years.